We had a wonderful stay in Wellesley, MA with our friends, the Bedi’s.  Walden Pond is in Concord, right around the corner from their house!  On a beautiful clear fall day, we had a nice little hike around the pond.

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond by himself for 2 years, starting in the summer of 1845.  He built himself a 150 sq. ft. cabin, just large enough for a bed, a desk and a hearth.  It was here that he penned “Walden, Life in the Woods” part memoir and part spiritual quest.  Although it wasn’t an immediate success, it is now heralded as one of the great works of American literature.  John Updike said, “A century and a half after its publication, Walden has become such a totem of the back-to-nature, preservationist, anti-business, civil disobedience mindset, and Thoreau so vivid a protester, so perfect a crank and hermit saint, that the book risks being as revered and as unread as the Bible.”